“Passione Alfa Romeo”: thrilling blend of past and future in Switzerland
The major event for Alfa enthusiasts, drawing thousands of fans from all over Europe, has just come to an end: visitors were awestruck by the historic cars from the Arese Museum, the showcar of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team and, of course, the best of current production, also displayed in exclusive limited editions
Last Saturday, the Betzholz TCS road safety centre at Hinwil, near Zurich, staged the largest event dedicated to Alfa enthusiasts ever organised in Europe. The impressive view of the affection made by Alfisti coming from many different backgrounds and ages – more than 400 Alfa Romeos displayed and over 5’000 participants – is what made such a symposium so unique.
In a day dominated by the passion for a brand with a glorious, inimitable past that still inspires heart-stopping emotions, especially in its Formula 1 comeback season, also prestigious collectors generously showcased their rare beauties – the 6C 1750 Supersport Spider Zagato 1929 and the award-winning at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 33 Stradale.
For feeding the enthusiasm of the supporters, The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team showcar was on display at the event together with cars from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo – La macchina del tempo in Arese, as well as the best of current production.
Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING and Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING
In the Alfa Romeo Motorhome area, visitors were able to admire the Nürburgring Edition Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING and Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING special series. These two magnificent full specs limited edition models will be available in the EMEA Region in just 108 units per model, recalling the brand’s 108th anniversary, celebrated on 24 June. They celebrate the records set by the two cars on the famous German circuit. Giulia Quadrifoglio “NRING” and Stelvio Quadrifoglio “NRING” represent the pinnacle of the brand’s excellence in terms of technical contents, performance and style and are powered by the 510HP 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo engine, combined for the first time with the new Q4 all-wheel drive system. Stelvio, holder of the record for its class exploited its 600 Nm of torque, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and top speed of 283 km/h to cover the 20.832 km of the Nordschleife in 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds. Giulia Quadrifoglio, with its perfectly balanced weights and a top speed of 307 km/h, stopped the clock at 7’32”, the record for standard production four-door sedans.
The two cars also offer a satisfying and exclusive customer experience, also including a driving experience on the Nürburgring, intended for collectors and the most loyal customers who will take the wheel of these concentrates of supreme performance and technology. In fact, as well as the Quadrifoglio trim level features, the “NRING” models provide a special “Welcome kit”.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Alongside the limited edition Giulia and Stelvio were two Alfa Romeo 4C models, Coupé and a Spider, in the “Competizione” and “Italia” special series. The Coupé has a much sportier personality, with strong racing connotations, while the Spider, still capable of thrilling performances, has a more elegant, refined character. They are both powered by a feisty all-aluminium 240 HP 1750 Turbo petrol engine, with intercooler and continuous twin phase variators. The two series, both limited editions, are exclusively styled. For the Coupé, Vesuvio Matte Grey bodywork with carbon fibre external trims and leather and microfibre seats and red stitching, matching the sporty steering wheel. The Spider “Italia” special series is identified by the Misano Blue bodywork, glossy black bumper inserts and yellow brake calipers, matching the stitching of the seats, dashboard, steering wheel and door panels. Both versions are completed by specific dark aluminium dashboard insert and numbered badge on the central tunnel.
Emotions at the wheel
The many visitors to the event also had the opportunity to road-test the Giulia, Stelvio and 4C on specific test drive routes: a more thrilling experience with the Quadrifoglio range and immense driving pleasure on board Giulia and Stelvio with petrol and diesel engines with powers up to 280 HP and automatic transmissions.
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
The Alfa Romeo has made its Formula 1 comeback after more than thirty years off the circuits with the aid of a technical and strategic partnership with Sauber, a team with impressive experience actually based at Hinwill. The racing season is proving rewarding for supporters and enthusiasts, with drivers Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson both winning championship points. Not to mention the breaking news of the signing of championship winner Kimi Räikkönen for the next two seasons, proving that the team continues to aim high for next year’s FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
Alfa Romeo has written magnificent chapters in the history of motorsports, through iconic models that have recorded wonderful racing triumphs and won a place in the collective imagination. The brand’s past continues to fuel the purest “Passione Alfa Romeo” and so the event would not have been complete without splendid cars normally conserved at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo – La macchina del tempo in Arese. Cars that recount the history of the last century, and embrace almost half its length, from 1930 to 1975, displayed by FCA Heritage, the Group department dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the historic legacy of FCA’s Italian brands, caring for the models in the company’s collection and those owned by customers.
Alfa Romeo 6C 1750GS (1930)
The oldest model is a splendid 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport, the icon of the Mille Miglia, which won the event in 1930 recording an average speed in excess of 100 km/h for the first time, driven by Nuvolari and Guidotti and powered by a twin cam, six-cylinder 1752 cc engine.
Alfa Romeo GP Tipo B P3 (1932)
The GP Tipo B “P3 also has strong associations with Nuvolari: considered one of the best racing-cars ever built, it was designed by Vittorio Jano specifically for Grand Prix competition. Lightweight and with a straight eight engine, it won its first race, the 1932 Italian Grand Prix, driven by the “Flying Mantuan” himself.
Alfa Romeo GP Tipo 159 Alfetta (1951)
During the years after the 2nd World War, after the thrilling success in 1950, when Giuseppe “Nino” Farina won the World title in the last race, in 1951 Alfa Rome decided to race the Alfetta again, upgrading it to create the car victorious in the World Champion with Fangio at the wheel, the Tipo 159.
Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint (1954)
In 1954, to live up to the advertising slogan that defined the 1900 as the “family car that wins races” and to obtain a more powerful engine, Alfa Romeo increased the piston bore by 2 mm to give a displacement of 1,975 cc (compared to the original 1,884 cc) and boost its performance. These new versions were identified by adding “Super” to the name, and competed in the Gran Turismo category throughout the 1950s.
Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Am (1970)
The 1750 GT Am, built in 1970, is another world-famous Alfa Romeo icon. Unlike the model sold in Europe, the 1750 GTV – from which the GT Am (standing for “America”) was born – featured the Spica indirect mechanical injection system, which complied with American emissions standards and was also well suited to racing. With its aggressive looks and 220 HP engine, it achieved great success in the European GT Championship when the car’s top driver, the “Flying Dutchman” Toine Hezemans, won the Drivers’ Title in 1970. It is driven here by Ivan Capelli, who joined forces with Alfa Rome to win the 1984 Formula 3 European Championship in the Martini MK42 with Alfa Romeo engine.
Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12 (1975)
The 33 TT 12 made its debut on 5 May 1973 at the “Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km”, when the World Championship for Makes was experiencing great popularity and attracting large investments from the top constructors. The number “33” had been introduced in 1967 and has by now become a legend. The letters “TT” stood for “Telaio Tubolare” (tubular chassis), derived from its predecessor the 33 TT3 with a V8 engine, while “12” was the number of cylinders of the unprecedented three-litre boxer engine capable of delivering in excess of 500 HP and a speed of 330 km/h. At “Passione Alfa Romeo” it was driven by Arturo Merzario, who won the World Championship for Makes in the TT12 in 1975.